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Audiobahn Named 12-Volt of the Year
March 23, 2005

Audiobahn was awarded with the title of "12 Volt Vendor of the Year" by P&E Distributors in Tennessee. Honored for excellence in three-step distribution, product availability and profitability, Audiobahn accepted the award at P&E's 8th annual "Sho-Nuff" Open House. "Audiobahn truly deserves this honor," says P&E's Josh Eatherly. "They've consistently proven their support and reliability in the 12 volt industry in all facets of distribution. We're lucky to have them on our team."             P&E Distributors is no stranger to honors themselves. The company received SEMA's acclaimed "Warehouse Distributor of the Year" at the 2004 SEMA Show.             Audiobahn National Sales

Tech Prices Fall, Says NPD
March 22, 2005

Pricing pressure continued to let off steam in January as U.S. retail prices for consumer electronics fell one percent from December levels, according to the latest NPD Consumer Electronics Price Watch, a monthly pricing monitor from The NPD Group.    This one percent decline was the lowest drop since last July, when prices saw a comparable one percent decrease. When compared with January 2004 and 2003, prices remain far below those totals with the average selling price down 19 percent and 36 percent, respectively. The total cost of the basket of 27 electronics goods tracked by the NPD CE Price Watch is now $10,825,

HDTV Summit Focuses on Analog Cut Off
March 21, 2005

At last year's HDTV Summit, the concept of "shutting off" analog television broadcasts and selling off the spectrum wasn't exactly front and center. Although the original goal for such action was 2006, by last year's summit, the possibility of accomplishing that goal seemed remote. Speakers and panelists were resigned to 2009, 2012, 2020... some date in the distant future. Broadcasters and particularly consumers didn't nearly seem ready to say goodbye to analog. Even today, most Americans are still just learning about HDTV. Fewer still have the slightest clue about the analog shutoff, and they'll likely do a lot of complaining to their elected officials

N.E.W. Recognized By J.D. Powers And Associates
March 21, 2005

N.E.W. Customer Service Companies, Inc. (NEW), recently announced it is the first company in the service plan industry to be certified by the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program. NEW received the renowned J.D. Power and Associates certification for providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience," a distinction acknowledging NEW's dedication to customer service. "This award from J.D. Power and Associates demonstrates our commitment to deliver great service on behalf of our clients, and to ultimately deliver a high level of satisfaction to consumers," says Fred Schaufeld, chairman and CEO of NEW NEW's call center operations handled more than 8.2 million telephone, e-mail and

Verbatim, Memorex Announce U3 Platform USB Flash Drives
March 21, 2005

By Erik Caplan Memorex and Verbatim Corporation recently announced they will both soon manufacture a new type of USB flash drive using the U3 platform. These drives will enable consumers to carry all of their personal computer settings, applications and data for use on any PC. The new Verbatim smart Store n' Go USB flash drives will be available worldwide this fall, as will Memorex's TravelDrives. The U3 platform includes three components. U3's hardware specification gives manufacturers the core technology to build their smart USB flash drives. The U3 software developer kit includes sample code, a standard set of application programming interfaces (APIs) and

CEA Inducts Digital Patriots
March 18, 2005

Closing this CEA's HDTV Summit in Washington D.C. was the 1st Annual Digital Patriots Dinner. The dinner and award, according to CEA, is designed to recognize government leaders for their dedication to supporting the growth and innovation of consumer technology. The honorees this year include Senator George Allen (R-VA), a founding member of the Senate High Tech Task Force. According to CEA, Allen has led the fight to keep the internet tax free and has fought overzealous intellectual property litigation. He is a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committees, the Foreign Relations Committee and the Small Business Committee. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Jeff Stone Leaves Tweeter for Tivoli
March 16, 2005

Tweeter Home Entertainment Group announced Jeffrey Stone, the company's president and CEO, will be leaving to become president and CEO of Tivoli Audio, a consumer electronics manufacturer (makers of the Henry Kloss Model One radio) in which Tweeter owns a 25 percent equity stake. "I have loved leading this company over the past 15 years," Stone says. " I feel very fortunate to have been at the helm during a period of tremendous growth for Tweeter and want to thank all Tweeter associates, past and present, for their many contributions." Tweeter's board of directors has named Joe McGuire, the company's CFO, to serve as

Comcast Taps into TiVo
March 15, 2005

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Comcast, a national provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, and TiVo Inc., best known for its digital video recorders (DVRs) and television service products, recently announced that the companies have reached an agreement to make the TiVo service widely available to Comcast customers in the majority of its markets around the country. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will develop a version of the TiVo service that will be made available on Comcast's current DVR platform. New software will be developed by TiVo to be incorporated into Comcast's existing network platforms. The new service will

CTIA Builds Wireless Dream Home
March 14, 2005

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The smart home is the subject of a massive exhibit at CTIA Wireless 2005. The concept seems more like something that would have been featured on The Jetsons, but the technology involved provides a glimpse into very real devices for today and possibilities for future wireless living, whether it's cooking based on swiped barcodes or even taking advantage of online video platforms that let home owners tune into their homes via the internet, even while at work. CTIA constructed a 7,000-square-foot model home, complete with technology that emphasizes sophisticated wireless home networking. "This is a truly unprecedented exhibit, one that

NATM Reports Strong Year
March 14, 2005

By David Dritsas With an increase in volume of approximately 300 percent increase in volume and 25 new storefronts in 2004, dealer members of the NATM buying group have reason to feel good about 2005. At the group?s annual meeting Hollywood, Fla., NATM president/executive director, William Trawick spoke about it's dealers successes and challenges in the current CE retail climate. "Everyone of our retailers opened stores last year," says Trawick, adding later, "Probably by the end of this year we'll make up what we lost from losing h.h.gregg and American TV." Though NATM's number of members has decreased in years, the group has made up ground